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27th Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium

You are cordially invited to join us for the

27th Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium

Wednesday, May 18 – Thursday, May 19, 2022


The Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium is unique in that it features a variety of distinct, short sessions with the specific focus of these sessions often not directly related to spinal cord or head injury, but rather on new concepts at the forefront of molecular and systems biology of development, rehabilitation, and/or disease/injury. We encourage topics that encompass an array of different model systems from flies/worms to humans in an effort to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research. We strive to not only highlight studies which may help direct or even transition into clinical experiments, but also apply information learned from the clinic in order to improve our basic science research.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

  • Keynote Address: Understanding Brain Cell Type Diversity
    Hongkui Zeng – Allen Brain Institute
  • Session One: Capitalizing on Development and Experience-dependent Plasticity: The Interaction with Pediatric SCI, Restorative-focused Research and Therapies
    Karen Adolph, PhD – New York University
    Federico Canavase, MD, PhD – Lille University Center and Faculty of Medicine Henri Warembourg Jeanne de Flandre Hospital, Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Lille France
    Kyle Brothers, MD, PhD – University of Louisville
  • Session Two: Regeneration Redux
    D. Kacy Cullen, PhD – University of Pennsylvania
    Valeria Cavalli, PhD – Washington University, St. Louis
  • Session Three: Hypoxia: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    Hannelore Ehrenreich, MD, DVM – Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Gottingen, Germany
    Randy D. Trumbower, PT, PhD – Harvard Medical School

Thursday, May 19, 2022

  • Session Four: Community-Centered Perspectives in SCI
    Lisa Harvey, PhD and Physiotherapist – University of Sydney, Australia
    Susan Robinson-Whelen, PhD – Baylor College of Medicine Houston
    Jennifer French, MBA – Neurotech Network
  • Session Five: Future Bluegrass Neuroscientists
    Colleen Bodnar, BS – University of Kentucky
    Katie Lucas, PhD, DPT – University of Louisville
    Jessica Newton, MS – University of Kentucky
    Lucasz Slomnicki, PhD – University of Louisville
  • Session Six: Neurobiology of Mental-Mood Disorders in CNS Trauma
    Michelle Hook, PhD – Texas A&M University
    Jennifer C. Felger, PhD, MS – Emory University
  • Session Seven: Rhythm: Identification and Function of Interneurons in Critical Motor Systems
    Michel Lemay PhD – Temple University
    Russell Ray, PhD – Baylor College of Medicine Houston

The Symposium is FREE to both in-person and virtual attendees. Registration is required.
Attend Remotely: Attendees will be sent the link for the virtual presentation, after registration.
Attend In-person: Attendee registration includes entrance to the Symposium and breakfast, lunch (both days) and a reception immediately following the program on Wednesday, May 18.
Abstract Posters will be available to both event attendees and virtually online.
All attendees must register to attend this free event.

The Symposium will be held at:
The Galt House Hotel
Waterfront Plaza
140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky   40202

Hotel Reservations please call: 502-589-5200.
The deadline for a hotel reservation at the Symposium Rate is May 9, 2022.

Symposium Registration and Detailed Information

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